UPDATE – 16 OCT – Agenda has changed! Go HERE for the latest!

Gosh, it seems that conference season has kicked in with the imminent arrival of the PDC2008 later this month followed by TechEd EMEA 2008 … this means everybody is getting energised with Silverlight!

In time for the PDC2008, the product team have made "Silverlight 2 Release Candidate 0 (RC0)" available to developers to test and prepare their Silverlight 2 Beta2 applications for the final upgrade to Silverlight 2 RTW. Further details can be found here. This release should not be used for general public release though, since there is no end-user upgrade path from Beta2 to RC0. Even if it is not part of your readiness plans, give it a go and get ready for the next wave!

The next user group meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th November – right in the middle of PDC2008 and TechEd EMEA 2008. Dependant on numbers, the event will be held either at Conchango‘s  Notcutt House (nr Southwark Bridge) OR at the Microsoft‘s  office in Cardinal Place (nr Victoria). Registered attendees will be notified on Monday 3rd November  as to the preferred location.

You can register here or via Michelle.

By the way, Michelle and I have created a group on Facebook for the Silverlight UK User Group so that we can all keep in touch with other, and she also created an event the next meeting too.


Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

The ‘Tricky’ Design Experience
Tricky from TrickyBusiness
Rich internet applications have changed the way that super-brands connect with their customers. If you want to compete in this cluttered marketplace it’s essential that you evolve your product or service into a unique brand, creating a circle that people want to join.

People don’t buy products, they buy experiences. Get the thoughts of Tricky on ‘experience design’ and the methods that his team have put into practice on digital projects for Audi, Alton Towers and John L Scott. Discover why design is an essential stage in the creation of rich interfaces, and how you can shape your product so that it’s right for the people who really matter, your customers!

This session covers the iterative approach that Tricky and his team use to design experiences, including: Branding, ideation, research, sketching and conceptualisation. It is a great opportunity to check-out some exciting WPF & Silverlight projects, also to understand and discuss how designers are using Microsoft‘s Expression tools.

An engaging session for both designers and developers alike.

Pizza and beer*.. a chance to recharge and discuss in the interlude.

Silverlight & Mesh
Michael McClary from Microsoft
Mesh is a new and emerging Windows Live platform for syncing files and, eventually, applications across different devices. Mesh lets you set up a virtual desktop online, and connect different computers to it. Put any file into a Mesh folder and it automatically syncs between the online desktop and every connected computer. Select a file or folder and you can easily share its contents—photos, videos, music, documents—with any friend or family member. You can also remotely control a connected computer from the Live Mesh desktop.

Michael will explore the integration between Silverlight and Mesh and open our minds to Microsoft‘s vision of connectivity in "the Cloud".

So what are you waiting for!
Get registered and I hope to see you there!


*dependant on venue

Want to join the discussion?
The event is geared to please/interest/inform both developers and designers alike, so if you are interested in coming along then please contact either myself or Michelle Flynn (here) and we will be glad to take your details.

Want to present or showcase?
We are always on the lookout for presenters for future sessions – whether it be a high or low level coding walk through, a workflow perspective or showcase demo. If you think that you have a topic/presentation that ought to be shared with the community then please contact me (here) and I’ll see if I can get you scheduled in!

In addition to emailing us directly there is also a Facebook group for the "Silverlight UK User Group" group that we set up. Check for updates there too!


This is a cross post from my EMC blog, mainly for backup duplicity and to aggregate some of my past postings. My EMC blog used to be under the Conchango brand but was acquired by EMC so I’ve also retrospectively refreshed some of the old links and maybe a tweak a bit of content too.
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